Welcome to the Chicago chapter of the National Organization for Women. We are dedicated to furthering feminist issues for the women of Chicago. We pride ourselves on being part of ‘the city that works,’ a city with a long history of activism. Our intention is to make a difference in the lives of the women in our city by dedicating ourselves to several key projects each year, and through community outreach and political activities.

Chicago NOW participates in 5th Annual Volunteer Expo!

On February 26, members of the Board of Directors for Chicago NOW recently participated in the Chicago Volunteer Expo. Held at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park, over 85 organizations gathered to show Chicagoans their missions and how they could be participatory. Chicago NOW had over 45 individuals sign up to take part and we look forward to working with our new participants!

Paid Leave Roundtable

The Chicago Chapter of the National Organization of Women had the honor of sitting at the table to discuss implementation and compliance of the recently passed city, county, and state-level “Sick Leave laws”. During the roundtable discussion, various community leaders and legal scholars validated and understood that on an individual level, workers in low income and minority communities may often feel a sense of obligation to commit to work regardless of being sick and the need for self-care in order to continue to uphold a certain degree of work ethic in a competitive economy. It was concluded that the implementation of the new sick leave laws would be highly effective when paired with a transformation of workplace culture and norms alongside successful community outreach engagement efforts used to collectively mobilize workers of their individual rights and entitlements per the recent policy changes.

Learn more about local updates for the Paid Sick Leave and Paid Family Leave policies and check the CNOW website and Facebook page for upcoming community seminars centered around Chicago paid sick leave ordinance and the Illinois Sick leave legislation.